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Catching up missed fasts

Fatwaa ID: 1517

Question:
Aslm Alkm..Muftisaheb
A group of ladies are trying to catch up fasts that they missed when they were younger and didint realize the severity of missing out fard Fasts..
The question is does it suffice to count and cover up the missed fasts..or do they have to fasts 60 consecutive days as a penalty for missing and sometimes even breaking fasts unnecessarity..
Jzkl khair..

Answer:
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

May Allaah Ta’aala make it easy. You are enquiring about two things: missing a fast and breaking a fast.

  1. If a person misses or skips a fast, then there is no kaffaarah on him for that. He has to make qadhaa of the missed fasts only. Along with that, he must make sincere tawbah and istighfaar. Missing a fast without a valid reason is a major sin.
  2. According to the Hanafi legal school, if a person breaks a fast without a valid reason through eating, drinking or intercourse, then he will have to observe kaffaarah of 60 consecutive days and thereafter make qadhaa of the missed fasts. Along with that, he must make sincere tawbah and istighfaar.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York
https://askthemufti.us/

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين

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